Bob Kempainen

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Robert ("Bob") Kempainen, MD (born June 18, 1966 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a retired long-distance runner from the United States, who represented his native country twice at the Summer Olympics, starting in 1992 (Barcelona, Spain). He is the 1990 US National Cross Country Champion. He finished 2nd at the 1993 New York City Marathon in 2:11:03. His best time for the marathon was 2:08:47 at the 1994 Boston Marathon. Kempainen is the 1996 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion after sharing his Gatorade with runner-up Mark Coogan.[1]

Currently, Dr. Kempainen holds a position at Hennepin County Medical Center where he practices as a pulmonologist and critical care physician, he is also the current course director of Human Disease 1, a second year medical school course at the University of Minnesota.[2]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 17th 2:15:53
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 31st 2:18:38